|Duuuuude, I LOVE National Geographic. It is my new drug.
||[Jun. 21st, 2007|02:46 pm]
(Skip if you're not into AMAZING 500-year-old archeaological excavations.)
New World's Oldest Gunshot Victim Found?
...and some photos.
This is amazing. New proof that proves previous historical "fact" completely wrong. Indeed, from that point on, indigenous culture was pretty much screwed.
The bullet entered through the back of his skull and tore itself out through his face, what fun. What a "friendly" greeting from Mr. Francisco Pizarro!
Not to mention this! Thank goodness they're saving these remains (the civilians had been burning them):
National Geographic Photo Gallery: Inca Mummies
Click on the top photo in particular. It's amazing how honorably these people were buried. A mother, her baby, and all their possessions.
Is anyone as fascinated by this stuff as I am?? If not, I'll stop :P
Gunshot wound? Looks more like a hole made by a pick or something
They did medical analysis, X-rays, and the like, and found iron traces along the wound and in the skull. Which is pretty neat...the Inca did not know how to work iron. And, it was a common bullet metal in Spain during that time. They also were able to judge the angle at which the bullet hit the skull, and that the force of its impact was much weaker than that of any modern bullet. It was also a pretty big bullet by today's standards, which is probably why yeah, it looks way too big to be from a gun.
I am so fascinated by this stuff, lol! Forensic archaeology, man...